It’s been awhile since I posted an update of activity around Anita’s Garden. So much has been happening here! I can’t believe it’s almost autumn. It’s certainly starting to feel that way. The days are gradually becoming shorter and we have been busy harvesting traditionally autumn crops. It hasn’t been the best summer, so I’m looking forward to the season ahead.
My boutique plant nursery is open for plant sales. At the moment, I have a range of autumn and winter veggie seedlings for sale. You can view my complete stocklist here. To make an appointment to come around, please text me on 021 02762091. We are located in Papatoetoe (Manukau side).
Anita’s Garden competition
As some of you will be aware, I recently ran a competition to win a selection of seedlings for autumn and winter. This competition was limited to locals, who would be able to collect the plants but I promise to run another competition for those who live outside Auckland in future (I just need to find my gift certificates which I have misplaced).
Here is a photo of the winner Rita Prasad with her prize. Congratulations, Rita!
For the first time in the history of Anita’s Garden, we have been harvesting feijoas in February! Normally, they crop in autumn, from March through to May. I’m unsure of the cultivar as the label has come off, but it is either Kaiteri or Kakariki from Waimea Nurseries.
The autumn and winter garden
While I have been busy sowing seeds, the wwoofers who have been staying with us have been helping plant our autumn and winter garden. We have beetroot and kohlrabi growing in two of our large garden beds. There was also some space after the celeriac and parsnips were pulled out so Mathilde and Justine planted some cabbage “Ranfurly Mini” seedlings from Egmont Seeds. They also planted some Romanesco broccoli from Franchi seeds (distributed by Italian Seeds Pronto in New Zealand).
Below is a photo of the “Ranfurly Mini” cabbage plants, which are looking incredibly strong and healthy just one week after planting.
Below is a photo of some of my Romanesco broccoli seedlings from Franchi Seeds.
A star performer in the plant nursery is my pansy and viola seedlings, raised from seed by Egmont Seeds. The owner, John McCullough, kindly gave me a selection of seeds to grow in the garden this winter and I am very excited to see what they will look like. I plan to plant them in the plastic hanging baskets which previously housed our Topsy Tom tomatoes (also from Egmont Seeds)
It’s now time to look through catalogues and order your spring bulbs. The best and most popular varieties sell out fast so it pays to be in quick. I find that the quickest and easiest way to purchase bulbs is by mail order. The selection, quality and prices are far superior to garden centres. By far the best company I have discovered is Bulbs Direct. Their bulbs are fantastic quality, very reasonably priced and the service is superb. They are the newest mail order company to the scene but have been giving the more established ones a run for their money. I highly recommend them.
Anita’s Garden has a new collaboration with Bulbs Direct, which you can read more about here.
Did you know that I have a Facebook page? I have reached nearly 1.4k Likes! Please help me to cross the threshold. When I do, I promise I’ll run another competition!
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